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Shall We Dance? (1996) More at IMDbPro »Shall we dansu? (original title)

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Shall We Dance? -- Shohei Sugiyama has attained all that he has wanted in life. But he is still depressed and unhappy. One day, he gathers up the courage to sign up for dancing lessons. He hopes they will rid his depression and help him get his life back together.
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Shall We Dance? -- A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

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Release Date:
11 July 1997 (USA) See more »
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He's an overworked accountant. She's an accomplished dancer. Passion is about to find two unlikely partners.
Plot:
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
57 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A wonderful movie that proves Americans hate subtitles See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Shohei Sugiyama
Tamiyo Kusakari ... Mai Kishikawa

Naoto Takenaka ... Tomio Aoki
Eri Watanabe ... Toyoko Takahashi (as Eriko Watanabe)
Yu Tokui ... Tokichi Hattori
Hiromasa Taguchi ... Masahiro Tanaka
Reiko Kusamura ... Tamako Tamura
Hideko Hara ... Masako Sugiyama
Hiroshi Miyasaka ... Macho
Kunihiko Ida ... Teiji Kaneko
Amie Toujou ... Hisako Honda
Ayano Nakamura ... Chikage Sugiyama
Katsunari Mineno ... Keiri-kachô
Tomiko Ishii ... Haruko Haraguchi
Maki Kawamura ... Eiko Miyoshi
Takako Matsuzaka ... Fusako Fukube
Kôichi Ueda ... Torakichi Kumada
Mari Nishino ... Wakako Takahashi
Shûichirô Moriyama ... Ryo Kishikawa
Kyôko Kagawa ... Keiko Kishikawa
Robert Hoffman ... Tomodachi
Nanea Hoffman ... Tomodachi

Angelique Midthunder ... Dancer (as Angelique Roehm)
Paradise Yamamoto ... Band Leader
Hidekazu Tanaka ... Tokihiko Okada
Yôko Tanaka ... Yoko Kishikawa
Gorô Kataoka ... Jo Blues
Ren Ôsugi ... Sugiura - the Floor Manager
Yûdai Ishiyama ... Hama the Jitterbug
Hirotarô Honda ... Farewell Party Host

Masahiro Motoki ... Hiromasa Kimoto

Misa Shimizu ... Natsuko
Akira Emoto ... Toru Miwa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiichiro Kawauchi

Directed by
Masayuki Suo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masayuki Suo 

Produced by
Yoichi Arishige .... associate producer
Kazuhiro Igarashi .... producer
Tetsuya Ikeda .... chief producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... producer
Shôji Masui .... producer
Shigeo Minakami .... assistant producer
Yûji Ogata .... producer
Shigeru Ohno .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Yasuharu Urushido .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yoshikazu Suo 
 
Cinematography by
Naoki Kayano 
 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
 
Casting by
Tetsu Maeda 
 
Production Design by
Kyôko Heya 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
 
Makeup Department
Mikiko Hayama .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yoshino Sasaki .... production manager
Masamitsu Washizu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hideaki Satô .... assistant director
Gen Yamakawa .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Dina Morrone .... group adr: english version
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound editor
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tatsuya Osada .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... conforming editor
 
Other crew
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Howard Smith .... operator: remote head
Toshihisa Watai .... production coordinator
Toshio Watari .... choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shall we dansu?" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language
Runtime:
136 min | 119 min (cut version) (USA)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The title is written in English as "Shall We Dansu" since in its original Japanese release, the first two words actual appear in English with only the last word appearing in katakana (one of three Japanese writing systems). The Japanese word for "dance" is pronounced "dansu".See more »
Quotes:
Mai Kishikawa:This may sound rude, but I hope you don't join the class with me as your goal.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Public Eye (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Save the Last Dance for MeSee more »

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46 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful movie that proves Americans hate subtitles, 7 March 2005
Author: oisradio from United States

I simply love this movie. It is a perfect example of the well-rounded surprising stories that come out of Asian cinema. There was a recent Hollywood remake of this movie, with Richard Gere and the simply awful Jennifer Lopez. Please do not confuse the two movies. The original Japanese film is touching, subtle and wonderfully acted. The Hollywood version is the exact opposite. I was aghast when I first saw the trailer for the remade US Version and who was starring in it. It's typical Hollywood unoriginal crass commercialism at it's worst. The remake cements the argument that some foreign films can never be improved upon. The ONLY reason the original film did not become more widely viewed is the US audience's aversion to subtitles.

One of the main reasons this movie would never work in an American telling is that the reserved, ultra socially conservative character of the public Japanese persona is at issue in this movie. Certainly the main character awakens to a more full understanding of living a vivacious life through dance, but half of the movie's tension comes from the stereotypes and ridicule ballroom dancers face in Japan.

Please try to see this movie in it's original form, not the terrible full screen. And please DO skip the US remake....it's a shallow travesty in comparison to the original Japanese movie.

Yes, I know the "original" movie is much older, and this is simply a Japanese take on the story, but the only two people are likely to see any time soon are this one and the new US remake.

Speaking of foreign films, I'll make a few quick recommendations: 1.Monsoon Wedding-I list this first for a reason, outstanding film! 2.Johnny Stechino-Very funny Italian mistaken identity flic! 3.Shiri-A Korean action pic that mixes both Asian flare & US style plot 4.Run Lola Run-A German film that integrates it's techno score ingeniously.

Well, just a quick list anyway :-)

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